The separate attacks are believed to be some of the largest since Daesh lost the final sliver of territory it held nearly three years ago. In recent months, Daesh sleeper cells have become more active in both countries, claiming attacks that killed scores of Iraqis and Syrians, according to AP.
In Iraq, Daesh terrorists attacked an army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad early Friday, killing 11 soldiers as they slept, the Iraqi military and security officials said.
The officials said the attack occurred in the Al-Azim district, an open area north of the city of Baqouba in Diyala Province. The circumstances of the attack were not immediately clear, but two officials who spoke to The Associated Press said Daesh terrorists broke into the barracks at 3 a.m. local time and shot dead the soldiers, before fleeing.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to issue official statements. An Iraqi military statement said the dead included an officer with the rank of lieutenant and 10 soldiers.
The brazen attack more than 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the capital Baghdad was one of the deadliest targeting the Iraqi military in recent months.
In Syria, more than 100 Daesh terrorists using heavy machine guns and vehicles rigged with explosives attacked the Gweiran Prison in the northeastern city of Hasakah.
Reports said at least 30 people were killed during the clashes.
The Daesh terrorist group was largely defeated in Iraq in 2017, and in Syria in 2019, although it remains active through sleeper cells in many areas. They still conduct operations, often targeting security forces, power stations and other infrastructure.